Tenor Matthew Cairns and bass Jonas Jud are two of the ten finalists selected by The Metropolitan Opera from the 24 April semi-final round of the Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition. Along with the other finalists, they will compete on the Met stage in the Grand Finals Concert hosted by Nadine Sierra and accompanied by the Met Orchestra under the baton of maestro Marco Armiliato. The concert is scheduled for Sunday 1 May 2022, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The Laffont Competition, formerly known as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. Winners of the Grand Finals will receive a cash prize of $20,000, with non-winning finalists receiving $10,000.
For the Grand Finals Mr Cairns will perform arias from Carmen (Bizet) and Die Walküre (Wagner). Mr Jud will perform arias from Simon Boccanegra (Verdi) and Die Zauberflöte (Mozart). More information and tickets can be found here.